Haydn 2032 Vol.8: La Roxolana (Vinyl LP) | Alpha ALPHA683

Haydn 2032 Vol.8: La Roxolana (Vinyl LP)

£33.26

Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA683

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Expected Release Date: 27th August 2021

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*** Limited Edition Vinyl LP ***

For its eighth volume, Haydn2032 invites us on a musical journey that takes the Balkan route. Of all the ‘Viennese Classical School’, Joseph Haydn is certainly the composer closest to folk music, first because he spent his early years in the countryside and also because, unlike his colleagues who worked in the urban centres of the Habsburg monarchy, Haydn was in contact with Croats, Roma and Hungarians throughout his life. These influences were omnipresent in his music, to the delight of Prince Nikolaus I Esterházy and his guests, but by some accounts were not to the taste of many music theorists in Germany. Haydn gave his Symphony no.63 in C major the title of ‘La Roxolana’, from the famous sixteenth-century sultana who was the wife of Suleiman the Magnificent after having been his slave.

This limited and numbered edition contains two vinyl LPs along with an album of photos by Mark Power (Magnum Photos) and a magnificent unpublished text entitled Crânes (Skulls) by the French writer Mathias Énard, winner of the 2015 Prix Goncourt for his novel Boussole (Compass).

‘These are invigorating, polished performances of three beguiling middle-period symphonies, the latest installment in Antonini’s Haydn 2032 project’ – Sunday Times

‘Haydn and Bartók? Such unexpected pairings are one reason this ambitious series works so well, another being the sparkling performances.’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘Three Haydn symphonies receive spiffingly energetic performances...with La Roxolana (Symphony No 63) making a theatrical link and Mercury (No 43) taking the honours for sheer invention’ – The Observer

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